A cover crop field day will be held Monday, April 9 at Weymiller Bottoms farm near 1261 Hartley Drive, New Albin, IA. The event will start at the field at 11:00 a.m. and will be followed by lunch at their shop at 1282 Hartley Drive. The field day should end around 1:00 p.m. We will be looking at fields that had rye cover crop seeded before or after manure application. One part of a field was slurry seeded, meaning the seed was put in the manure tanker and applied with the manure. There are benefits and drawbacks to the different methods, so we can discuss what would work best for different situations. If you’ve tried something different, you are welcome to talk about your experience. The NRCS area agronomist, Neil Sass, will talk about how manure and cover crops work well together to improve soil health.
If you plan to attend, we ask that you RSVP by Friday, April 6 so that we can make sure to have enough food. This event is sponsored by the Allamakee SWCD, NRCS, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and the Iowa Corn Growers Association.